We take a holistic, one-health approach to saving species and believe future success hinges on community-based, collaborative conservation. Toward this end, we support field studies that bring artists and scientists together to research and respond to the health threats facing endangered species and their habitats.
CAMERA TRAPPING IN PANGOLIN HABITAT
Ground pangolins are notoriously difficult to observe in the wild, and yet they share their habitat with many other species. Some of these animals share the holes pangolins use as dens. Others are also active at night. Together this variety of species can be used as an indicator of the overall health of the pangolin's habitat. Creature Conserve is supporting a camera trapping project in South Africa on private reserve land known to be home to the ground pangolin in order to to document the other species that use this habitat, including the species shown in the camera trap images below. This field study is also creating a multi-year database of images that can be used by both artists and scientists interested in pangolins, their habitat, and wildlife monitoring in general.
Collaborators include biologist and guide trainer Vaughan Jessnitz, biologist and vet student Adam Moreno, Creature Conserve founder Dr. Lucy Spelman, and. so far, a total of 27 RISD art and design students studying abroad in South Africa.
Special thanks to the RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN Part Time Faculty Tech Fund for financial support for the purchase of camera traps.